Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various reptiles of the order Squamata, which includes the lizards, snakes, and worm lizards.
  • adjective Of or relating to reptiles of the order Squamata.
  • adjective Of or relating to squamae.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In zoology, scaly; covered with scales or squamæ; squamose or squamigerous; specifically, of or pertaining to the Squamata, in any sense.
  • In anatomy, scale-like; forming or formed like a scale; squamous or squamiform: as, a squamate bone; squamate scales of cuticle.
  • In botany, same as squamose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Same as squamose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any reptile of the order Squamata.
  • adjective squamose

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Squāmāta, from Late Latin squāmātus, scaly, from squāma, scale. Adj., sense 2, from Late Latin squāmātus.]

Examples

  • Lizards are not snakes, but they will have inherited some of the shared genetic differences that enabled snakes to arise from the squamate last common ancestor.

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  • Lizards are not snakes, but they will have inherited some of the shared genetic differences that enabled snakes to arise from the squamate last common ancestor.

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  • The change in Hox gene regulation in the squamate ancestor did not immediately produce a limbless snake, instead it was an enabling mutation that opened the door to novel variations that did not compromise viability.

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  • Lizards are not snakes, but they will have inherited some of the shared genetic differences that enabled snakes to arise from the squamate last common ancestor.

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  • Lizards are not snakes, but they will have inherited some of the shared genetic differences that enabled snakes to arise from the squamate last common ancestor.

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  • The Cerrado Squamate inventory, funded by FAPESP (the State of São Paulo Research Foundation) and Conservation International (CI), recorded 253 squamate species, 73 more than the 180 previously known for the Cerrado savannas.

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  • These are the first new species described as a result of the largest inventory of squamate reptile diversity in the Brazilian Cerrado (one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots named by CI), concluded in 2006 by Nogueira during his doctoral studies at the University of São Paulo.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • As is seen in other squamate groups that have invaded cool, elevated places, toad-heads have evolved viviparity: this is present in just six Chinese species.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • As is seen in other squamate groups that have invaded cool, elevated places, toad-heads have evolved viviparity: this is present in just six Chinese species.

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  • The phylogeny of squamate reptiles pdf online images

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